Apart from the labor involved in practicing dentistry, there is no correlation between the two. However, since the United States celebrates Labor Day on Monday, September 3rd by taking the day off we figured we would look into why. Labor Day started as a part of the labor union movement, to recognize the contributions of men and women in the US workforce, but modernly is seen as a chance to celebrate the last weekend of summer, and get a long weekend with Monday off. But do you know how Labor Day came about? We didn’t know much about Labor Day, so we did some research to find out more.
Our 22 and 24th President of the United States Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. The holiday had been celebrated as a “workingmen’s holiday” by labor unions since 1882. Many states already celebrated the holiday. In fact, Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887. It’s amazing that it took but it took 12 years and the infamous Pullman Strike to prompt the president and Congress to make it a national holiday. May Day which is essentially the same as our Labor Day is celebrated in many parts of the world on the first day of May. In the U.S., May Day became the traditional “beginning of Spring” holiday because during the Cold War era the Soviet and Eastern Block countries essentially annexed the holiday.
Labor Day is also a big time for football fans as well. The college football season usually starts the weekend prior to Labor Day and the NFL begins its regular season the week following Labor Day (go Niners on September 9th.)
For the fashion conscious Labor Day traditionally marks the time where you put away your white clothing and shoes. Historians say the expression “no white after Labor Day” comes from the upper class that would return from their summer vacations and pack up their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to school and work.
Did you know that Americans worked 12-hour days seven days a week during the 19th century! It wasn’t until September 3, 1916, when the Adamson Act was passed that an eight-hour workday was established.
So there you have it. A short summary about Labor Day. Leave it to us to throw you a ton of information just so you know why we won’t be open on September 3rd. We will re-open on Tuesday, September 4th with our normal schedule. We hope that you enjoy your long weekend, and look forward to an amazing fall.
Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD has been caring for his patients for decades from his dental office that overlooks San Francisco’s Union Square. He and his team take pride in providing the best quality and most gentle dental care available. Over the years they have transformed 100’s of “non-dentist” people into people who actually enjoy their visits and take pride in their smiles. A dental relationship should be a positive one, make sure that you feel comfortable and cared for by your dentist if the experience is “meh…” then ask friends, family, and colleagues about their dentist. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and are in need or want of a new dentist. Dr. Loev and his team would love the opportunity to meet you and earn your trust and loyalty call them at 415-392-2072 or schedule an appointment online today